Things to do Around Athens this Christmas

Christmas décor Syntagma square in Athens Greece
© Ditoras

As winter wraps Athens, it emerges as a festive holiday destination, adorned with twinkling lights, festive cheer, and an array of activities to delight locals and visitors alike. The city comes alive with a unique blend of ancient charm and modern cheer. From the iconic Acropolis to the bustling markets, each corner of the city invites you to unwrap the joy of the season. Join us on a journey through enchanting streets and intriguing delights, as the city dons its holiday attire. Find below our top suggestions about things to do around Athens this Christmas:

Syntagma Square Wonderland

Syntagma Square is where stories unfold and memories are made. Twinkling lights, the scent of seasonal treats, and the joy of the holliday fill the air. The square is home to a dazzling 17 metres tall Christmas tree, which came all the way from the town of Karpenisi, adorned with 24.000 led Christmas lights. This is the perfect starting point for your Christmas adventure. Join the energy and embrace the magic, as Syntagma is where Athens gathers.

Christmas time decor of Syntagna square in Athens lined with trees

Christmas time @ Syntagma Square | © Skoulas

Shop til you Drop

Discover the joy of holiday shopping in the heart of Athens! Syntagma Square and its surrounding streets are adorned with festive lights, creating the perfect backdrop for a magical shopping spree. Explore boutique shops on Ermou Street, find unique treasures in Kapnikarea Square, and embrace the charm of Plaka's artisanal boutiques. Discover numerous traditional markets such as Monastiraki, the Varvakios Central Municipal Market on Athinas St., and the Athens Central Vegetables Market in Renti. Athens city centre offers the ultimate Christmas shopping experience. They are there to fulfil your seasonal shopping desires. Unwrap the spirit of the season with every stroll.

Luxury in Kolonaki

For those seeking a more upscale experience, head to Kolonaki, Athens' chic district. High-end boutiques and designer stores line the streets, offering luxurious options for fashion, accessories, and beauty products. Indulge in some holiday splurging in this elegant part of the city. The neighbourhood also unfolds its story of opulence through a tapestry of exquisite restaurants. Nestled among the designer boutiques and chic cafes, these culinary gems offer a journey into the world of refined tastes and indulgent pleasures.

Bohemian Vibes

In the vibrant neighbourhood of Exarchia, don’t miss the Kallidromiou open market, which takes place every Saturday where the creativity and artistic flair of local vendors along with products and produce from around the country is showcased in the most authentic way. From handmade crafts to unique artworks, the Exarchia market embodies the bohemian spirit of Athens. The lively ambiance, accompanied by street performers and eclectic goods, makes every visit a delightful adventure.

People walking on cobblestone alley in a Christmas decorated area with lights

Christmas décor, Technopolis Gazi, Athens | © Skoulas

A beacon of Christmas spirit

Technopolis Gazi is a former gasworks turned into a cultural hub. As Christmas descends upon the city Technopolis unfolds its festive mood, blending the industrial history of Athens with the festive traditions that bring people together. In this vibrant space, the essence of the season is not just celebrated but embraced, making Christmas at Technopolis Gazi an unforgettable experience that seamlessly weaves together the past, present, and the enchantment of the holidays.

National Garden

Escape the bustling city for a tranquil retreat in the National Garden. Take a leisurely stroll along winding paths, breathe in the crisp winter air, and revel in the serenity of nature. The National Garden offers a peaceful respite amidst the festive hustle and bustle.

The Zappeion, decorated for chrismas,  is a large, palatial building next to the National Gardens of Athens

Zappeion Hall | © Skoulas

The Acropolis Glow

Experience the awe-inspiring Acropolis, as the sun sets, the ancient marvel transforms into a captivating spectacle against the Athenian winter night sky. As the city lights twinkle below, light displays illuminate the unique structures, adding an extra layer of enchantment to your experience. Witness the iconic monument bathed in a soft glow, creating an ethereal ambiance. Savour the views and capture the moment with friends and family. Embrace the freshness of the New Year with the spectacular celebration of the fireworks bursting over the radiant silhouet of the Acropolis. As fireworks illuminate the imposing ancient site, let them ignite a year of brilliance and new beginnings.

Plaka's Festive Flavours

Venture into the charming cobblestone streets of Plaka, where the festive spirit is intertwined with traditional Greek hospitality. Cosy tavernas offer a warm refuge from the winter chill, serving mouthwatering Greek delicacies and seasonal treats. Embrace the local culture as you enjoy live music performances and immerse yourself in the heartwarming atmosphere of this historic neighbourhood.

People walking along a Christmas decorated path next to water-front

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre | © Skoulas

Christmas Concerts and Performances

Immerse yourself in the sounds of the season by attending one out of many Athens' Christmas concerts and performances in a venue nearby, such as the Megaron The Athens Concert Hall, the newly revamped Olympia City Music Theatre “Maria Callas”, and the Municipal Theatre Of Piraeus. From classical renditions to contemporary celebrations, the city's theatres and concert halls come alive with the spirit of Christmas. Whether it's a symphony orchestra or a local choir, the musical offerings in Athens promise to leave you enchanted. Take a look at Visit Greece’s events calendar for more info.

Until we meet again for the next holiday embrace, may the magic of Athens stay with you, filling your heart with enduring glow and festive memories. Wishing you a wonderful new year filled with joy, prosperity, and the timeless charm of this extraordinary city!